Creatures: Fair Folk — There are pointy-eared folk, be they fae, fey, goblins, Tolkien-esque elves, etc.
Creatures: Dragons — There are dragons, of the typical description: two wings, four legs.
Creatures: Merfolk — There are scaly-tailed aquatic folk, be they mermaids, sirens, etc.
Creatures: Phoenixes — There are fiery birds with the ability to be reborn.
Creatures: Yokai — There are, specifically, the creatures with supernatural powers from Japanese lore.
Characters: Knights — Knights factor significantly into the plot.
Characters: Necromancers — Necromancers factor significantly into the plot.
Characters: Pirates — Pirates factor significantly into the plot.
Content: Plagues — A plague features in the story.